What is YWAM?
Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. We unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.
In 1960, when Loren Cunningham founded YWAM, our main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, our focus is not limited to any specific age group. We currently work in more than 180 countries and 1,100 locations with over 18,000 staff.
YWAM affirms the Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spi-rit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God’s word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation through the atoning work of Jesus (His death, burial, and resurrection), the following respon-ses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:
These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our mission. Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to Youth With A Mission. The combination of these beliefs and values make up the unique family characteris-tics of YWAM—our “DNA.” They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions.
Adoración: We are called to praise and worship God alone.
Holiness: We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God.
Witness: We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him.
Prayer: We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God’s heart, includ-ing standing against evil in every form.
Fellowship: We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multi-plying expression.